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Libor Smoldas

Libor Šmoldas was born on February 17, 1982 in Olomouc, but has lived in Prague since his childhood. He devoted himself to music at an early age, starting with the recorder and trumpet, then beginning to play guitar when he was twelve. After initial forays into rock and blues he began to take an interest in jazz, mainly due to his fascination with the recordings of Charlie Parker. At sixteen he was already appearing in Prague jazz clubs with the blues band of American singer Phil Speat, as well as at Sunday jam sessions at U Malého Glena. He took guitar lessons from Josef Kůstka, Luboš Andršt, Zdeněk Fišer and Petr Zelenka

Intuition

Label: New Port Line
Released: 2013
Track listing: Mike's Song; In Case You Missed It; Off The Playground; 5:15 In The Morning; Ferry Tale; Letter Home; Side Steps; Twists and Turns.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Skip Wilkins Quartet: Czech Dreams

Read "Czech Dreams" reviewed by Edward Blanco

World-class jazz pianist Skip Wilkins regularly splits his time between Eastern Pennsylvania--where he teaches at Lafayette College in Easton--and Central Europe where he recently spent fifteen months in Prague. Czech Dreams, dedicated to the Czech people, is a result of touring throughout the Czech Republic and Germany and cementing his relationship with friend and Prague-based guitarist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Libor Smoldas Quartet & Bobby Watson: Intuition

Read "Intuition" reviewed by Edward Blanco

One of Europe's rising young jazz star is Prague-based guitarist/composer and educator Libor Smoldas who unveils his fifth album as leader with the highly accessible Intuition featuring an all-Czech Republic quartet with alto saxophonist great Bobby Watson appearing as guest. Recorded at the end of the group's Czech tour, the album is in a sense, a ...

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Libor Smoldas: Intuition and Dreamtime

Read "Libor Smoldas: Intuition and Dreamtime" reviewed by Chris Mosey

Libor Smoldas is one of the best jazz guitarists the Czech Republic has produced in recent years. He plays extremely fluent, straight ahead music in the Jim Hall tradition, with overtones of Kenny Burrell. He is more relaxed, less intense than his contemporary, David Doruzka, best known of the current crop of Czech jazz guitarists. Smoldas ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Libor Smoldas Quartet: Live At Jazz Dock

Read "Live At Jazz Dock" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Czech guitarist Libor Smoldas doesn't buy into the idea that music is simply meant to be a product for commerce. While Smoldas peddles some of his recorded wares like the rest of the performing musicians out there, his third album--Live At Jazz Dock--is actually free for the taking for anybody who wants to visit his website ...

Live At Jazz Dock

Label: Animal Music
Released: 2011
Track listing: Christopher's Dance; Blues In The Shower; The Quest; Tram Line 57; One For Kenny Burrell; Levitation; J.T. Blues; Lydian Blues; Funky Piece.

In New York On Time

Label: Animal Music
Released: 2010
Track listing: Get Me To The Church On Time; Lydian Blues; Autumn In Three; I Could Have Danced All Night; I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face; Who's Got Rhythm; Wes For Pres; Tram Line; Wouldn't It Be Lovely; Brazilian Impressions.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Libor Smoldas: In New York On Time

Read "In New York On Time" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Guitarist Libor Šmoldas is a known entity within the Prague jazz scene, but In New York On Time should help him to significantly expand his fan base beyond the borders of the Czech Republic. While Šmoldas has largely worked with Czech musicians in a variety of groups, including his trio and quartet which focus on his ...


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